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contstruction on 5/29. He stopped over the same day and spent about an hour with me sizing up the job. He said he'd give" me a quote by Monday (The next business day). He thought the job would cost around $27K-$30K. I called him on 6/5 because I didn't receive a quote. He said he didn't have time to finish it yet but would drop it off soon (no email). I called him back on 6/25 and said that he thought I didn't want him to do the job anymore. I said, no, I'm still waiting for a quote and interested in proceeding. He never provided the quote and I never called him back. I'm disappointed that he wasted an hour of my time on 5/29 and never even quoted the job or followed up with anything.

-Mike K.

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"Overall experience was average to below average. I joined Angie's list to find a reputable contractor who can repair the mistakes they made.
" relocated the AC/Heat vent and the cold air return and did not bother to connect the duct work in the basement,. It is covered by a ceiling so we did not notice it until I had the AC company check to see why my kitchen was not getting sufficient air. I also need to have all the electrical repaired....they overloaded the circuits and we are always blowing fuses. They ordered the wrong cabinets and refused to take the blame for it....even though I had the cabinets I wanted in writing so eventually they will also have to be replaced. We had so many issues with them that I had to pick my
so the cabinets didnt make the list. I agree with the others
is very difficult to work with.

-Mary M.

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Todd said it best.

An itemized list / cost breakdown, more often than not is used against the contractor when it is shared with other builders who will then beat it.

Good contractors use good people, and good people cost more.  Just the cost of having the appropriate insurance / bond can be the difference between winning a job or losing it ot a 'lower bid'.

It is the rule of three; there is Good, Cheap and Fast.  You can have any two:  Good and Cheap, won't be Fast; Good and Fast, won't be Cheap;  Cheap and Fast, won't be Good!

When comparing bids, it isn't the cheapest or the 'nicest' person you should select.   You should understand why there is a large price difference (it shows there are gaps in your design program or what you have asked for specifically, which means there may be arguments later).  If most of the bids are in line, and one is way high or way low,  you want to know why before dismissing or selecting them.

A price-only decision almost always costs more in the long run. 

Good luck!
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No.  Heck no.  Here's a good example.  We very recently needed to find someone to install about 500 square feet of exotic wood flooring (we already have the materials).  We contacted about 12-15 top-rated Angieslist contractors.  Out of the few who did get back to us, we got 5 quotes, 2 of them were literally just over the phone.  They "didn't feel it would be necessary to even see the space". 

 

Here were the bids: 

$4000 (sight unseen), $2800 (sight unseen), $2500, $1500, $1450

 

We didn't "share our budget for this".  Why would we?  We asked them to bid the job.  That's it.  All of them should be well-qualified and they are all highly rated.  We were interested in how THEY value their time/resources - for an apples/apples job. 

 

Do you still think that you should tell them about your budget?  Your choice.  From my standpoint it isn't their business.  I'm asking them to bid on a project.  Invariably I'll get some very high bids, medium bids and a few more reasonable ones - ALL from "highly rated contractors". 

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Herlonginc's answer stated that it is not the contractor's job to pay for materials and labor to do the job. I say baloney - a reputable, established contractor has the funds (or a business operations line of credit) to "carry" the job between interim or partial payments, each of which should be keyed to completion of distinct easily measured mileposts in the job, and for a homeowner I would say should be in not more than 20% increments for jobs exceeding a week or so. For shorter jobs, then an initial payment, 50% completion, and completion would be normal. His cost of carry funds is part of his cost of doing business, and is figured as part of his overhead.Bear in mind when he is buying materials and paying labor, his materials he typically pays for on a 10-30 day invoice, and his labor typically a week or two after they work, so he is not really "fronting" that much money if you are giving him weekly or biweekly interim payments, on a typical residential job.

If he does not have the funds to buy materials (excepting possibly deposit on special-order or luxury items, which still typically are 10-30 day invoiceable to him) and hire personnel then he is a fly-by-night operation, and he should not be bidding that size job. You should never (other than MAYBE an earnest deposit of not more than the LESSER of 10% or $5000) let the payments get ahead of the approved/inspected work progress - typically payment should be 10-20% BEHIND the progress, with at least 10% retained at the effective end of work until final inspections and completion of the final "punchlist".

That promotes rapid continuation of the work, discourages the all-too common nightmare of contractors taking on more work than they can handle so they leave your job for weeks or months to go work on someone else's job (frequently to start that someone else's new job so he can get the job), and does not leave you out a tremendous amount of cash if he does not finish and you have to hire another contractor to finish the job. Remember, if you have to hire a new contractor to finish the job, he will charge you a lot more than the original bid to finish someone else's unfinished mess.

This may seem cynical, but having started in the construction business about 50 years ago and seeing the shenanigans that a lot of contractors pull you cannot be too safe. You have to remember contractors are like any other people - I would say maybe 10% are outright crooks, another 25% or so will pull a fast one or overcharge if the opportunity presents itself, maybe 30% will do the work but not any better than they are forced to, about 25% are good conscientious reputable workmen, and the last 10% or so are really spectacular - conscientious, fair, and efficient craftsmen. This top 35% are the only ones you should have bidding in the first place. Therefore, only get bids from long-term reputable firms (so you shake out the marginal short-timers with less experience and also generally less ability to finish the job on budget and schedule), only those that have good RECENT references, and preferably with excellent word-of-mouth recommendation from people you know and trust. That way, you are starting right off with the cream of the crop, so hopefully whichever one bids low should be a good choice.

NEVER start with bids, then check the references of the low bidder - why even consider a vendor or contractor who you do not have faith in from the start ? Get references and short-list you possibles BEFORE you ask for bids.

Low bids - that is another matter - commonly the low bidder is NOT who you want, especially if he is significantly lower than several others, which might mean he is desperate for work, made a math error, or did not correctly figure the entire scope of work. You want a reasonable bid with someone you connect with and trust - that is worth a lot more in the success of the job than the absolute lowest bid.

 

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For this type of job, you need plans and specs from an Architectural/Engineering firm before thinking about contractors - and to get a building permit. Ben's method would work and done incrementally could cost well over $100,000 plus as he says, but this not really the most economic way to approach this big a job. A House Mover or Foundation Underpinning specialty company can usually slide your house onto a whole new foundation, or jack it up on steel beams and hold it there while a basement is dug underneath it, without any intermediate piers. The jacking/move cost would probably be on the order of $30-40,000, and a new basement probably about $40-50,000 - rough ballpark, though I have been involved in some 1000-1500SF single story jobs that went for under $70,000 total. I have been involved in a fair number of these type jobs - and the way the numbers come out, if there is room on the property to move the house, it is almost always nearly as cheap or cheaper to build an equivalent square footage (basement plus ground level) addition rather than add a basement under the house, and that way your new footage is half above ground so worth more on resale, plus you do not lose use of the house for a month or two. Second cheapest is usually sliding house to a new foundation, if property is large enough to do this - though house is totally cut off from utilities for a week to three. Most expensive, and usually only done in tight city environments or with full 2 story or higher houses, is adding the foundation in place, though your utility interruptions should be on the order of hours at a time rather than days or weeks. Talk to an architect - I think you will quickly lean towards the addition option rather than adding a basement - it is just too expensive to deepen foundations in most cases, plus you WILL get cracking in the house and possible water and sewer pipe problems in a move/underpinning job, which is not the case with an addition. This become more likely the case since you want to add 8 feet off the back of the home anyway - so why not just enlarge the addition and do it all that way - MUCH simpler, and MUCH less disruption of your life, and you get much higher resale return on your investment.

Remodeling reviews in Knox

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The company was very prompt in replying once I'd bought the deal, and we made an appointment when I was available, which was a couple of weeks later. When the technician arrived, he asked me about my concerns & I explained my concern with water stains & peeling paint on the kitchen ceiling, with possible rodents in the attic & with need for insulation in my attic. He set up his ladder, climbed up a few steps & peeked into the attic. He took a couple of cell phone pictures & showed me the results, claiming he could not tell about the water stains without tearing open the ceiling. Well, since the area in question was 10 feet away from where he put his head up, of course he couldn't tell. I told him he could not "open up" my ceiling, and suggested he actually go into the attic to look at that area. He then climbed up again & stood on the ceiling beams, but did not walk around at all in the attic. My attic is over 1500 sq. ft., and he could not possibly have seen any more than a very tiny bit from his
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. He showed me a photo of debris on the floor of the attic, claiming he did not know what it was, but I would have to have the whole area cleaned up, then he could seal the holes &
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down insulation for the price of $6000. At no time did he suggest looking at the crawl space under the house, or use any type of infrared device, as The Deal claimed he would do.
I consider this whole experience a SCAM! When I informed him that I could in no way afford $6000 he asked if I could finance that & I said no. He then suggested I call Angie's List & tell them he did not come at all, so I could get back my $79 from them, and he would confirm that, since he did not get any money from that anyway! How kind. Then he said, on second thought, what he needed were ratings so he could be higher on Angie's list, and if I hadn't used him, I couldn't rate him & he really only wanted the rating. So forget the $79 back.
I suggest you stay far away from
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, at least from this scam of a "Complete Attic and Crawlspace Inspection, Plus Whole House Infrared Scan" since it was a complete waste of my time & money. I think it might have been worth $20 for the amount of inspection he did!
- Colleen H.
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AGA was an excellent company to work with. I would like to thank all the staff for their hard work as they spent a lot of time working overtime on my project to make sure it was on time.
- Elliot B.
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We called numerous providers regarding stuck windows, needing to know if we required new windows or just repairs. Out of about 8-10 contractors
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's was the only company to offer to come out and at least check them. They arrived on time, checked the windows, showed us a spray to get, fixed one window and that was it. No charge for the visit. I would use them for future needs.
- MARIAN W.
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I contacted
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after seeing work that he had done for a couple of neighbors.They were very pleased with the work that he had performed for them and highly recommended him. I have used
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several times for different projects since having him clean my roof. He is very professional and punctual, performed a thorough job and clean up when he was done, I could barely tell he was there....other than the clean, moss free roof! As a single female, I feel completely comfortable with
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working at my house, providing me a fair price for the work and not taking advantage of me by suggesting more work or repairs than what is actually needed.
- Tracy H.
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did an excellent job and we are very happy with the new look of our stairs! He was very professional throughout the process including timeliness of bid proposal, performing the work on the proposed start date, communication throughout the process, arriving when he said he would, and leaving the work area clean. We will consider using
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for other projects in the future and would recommend him to anyone needing similar work.
- Karla S.
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Used this company about 15/20 years ago for same problem. Appears that old cracks are still holding, but new cracks had appeared. Professional. Good people. Would recommend to others and would call them again.
- Vicki E.
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Though the Anza Valley in Riverside County is only 25 miles from the city limits of Temecula California, it suffers from name recognition problems. Many people think that the Anza Valley in Riverside County is somewhere in the Anza
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Desert of San
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County, a difference of about 40 miles as the crow flies....More /> The Anza Valley is about 4000 feet mountainous area and on the road to Idlewild and or Palm Desert California. The Anza
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Desert on the other hand is at sea level. Given this problem is sometimes difficult to get service people to come to the Anza Valley area. This is unfortunate since the Anza Valley appears to be the next major area for vineyards in Southern California. Failure to services area by individuals on Angie's list is going to be a mistake on their part in the long run.
Given that I have to commend the
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Corporation or their foresight in providing his service to the Anza Valley without question. He sent his technician to my residence in Anza Valley where he remove my old electrical
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and replaced it with a new one in a very expeditious manner. Consequently, I would highly recommend the
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Corporation to anyone who needs electrical equipment installed at their property.

- Thomas G.
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and his subcontractors did an amazing job, they took a house that had been neglected for some time and was in need of significant repair and transformed it into a house that is now a home.
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surprisingly was our lowest quote which sometimes can be risky but I knew he was the right contractor for our job and the person that I wanted to work with. He is extremely professional and pleasant to deal with; he organized the job so that it was finished on time and on budget. He also was accommodating of our logistics (owner commutes out of town for work, had an elderly dog, etc.)--he worked with our schedule and delivered wonderfully.
- kelly T.

Remodeling Contractors in Knox, PA

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2E Contracting LLC.

1540 Oakland Ave. Number311
Indiana

5 Star Handyman & Maintenance Service

371 Oakwood Ave
State College

A - OK Painting

PO Box 514
Hyde

ABODE CONSTRUCTION

193 Buckskin Dr
Utica

AJ'S CONTRACTING

249 S VINE ST
Shamokin

ALLIED MECHANICAL & ELECTRICAL

2141 Sandy Drive
State College

America's Basement Contractor

69 Chambers Ave
Greenville

Angelo Gatto

670 Russell Rd.
Cooperstown P.A

APEL WOODWORK & HOME IMPRVMNTS

316 Strawberry Farm Rd
Knox

Archer & Buchanan Architecture LTD

125 W Miner St
West Chester

Armstrong Home Improvements

155 High St
Avonmore

B L Bradley & Son Builders

1864 Walnut Bottom Rd
Newville

barry claycomb construction

7363 king saint clair road

Bath Fitter

116 Industrial Drive
Cresson

Becker Services

3091 rout 219
Brockway

Best Contracting

3850 Ridge Rd
Gordonville

BRAD GORDON WATERPROOFING AND GENERAL CONTRACTOR

1814 BLACK OAK ROAD
Warfordsburg

Brian Augustine Custom Builder

2510 Aspen St
Philadelphia

Brothers Home Repair

PO BOX 204
Folsom

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

Cambria Construction & Remodeling Inc.

1567 Forest Hills Dr
Salix

CEM Home Improvement

1123 Ivy Ln
Vandergrift

Central Penn Waterproofing

43 Beattys Tollgate Rd
Marietta

Chimney Safety RxPerts

3147 SR 890
Sunbury

Corner Stone Gardens LLC

1109 Colmar Ave
Easton

COUNTRY LANE CONSTRUCTION LLC

150 PINE KNOB RD
Newville

Dan Cordell Construction

726 Walnut Bottom rd.
Shippensburg

DAVID ZICHOS

9131 Avondale Road

DC General Service

726 Walnut Bottom Road
Shippensburg

DirectBuy of Indianapolis

8450 Westfield Blvd

Dively's Cabinetry/Construction

1341 north 7th avenue
Altoona

Diversified Construction, Inc.

23 Old School Road
Selinsgrove

Drogalis Construction

144 N Front Street
Sunbury

Epic Construction Services LLC

11 Roosevelt Ave
Elysburg

Eric Williams Builders

350 Sunset Dr
Howard

Exterior Touch Inc.

12610 Waverly RD.

FAIRMAN'S CONTRACTING

88 PINE ST
Indiana

First General Services of Western PA.

712 Spearman Ave.
Farrell

Flaugh's Construction and Design

P.O. Box 94
East Freedom

Fosbrink Construction

514 dunbar ohiopyle rd dunbar pa

G.C Construction

234 Clinton rd
Normalville

Gilded construction

184 pottsville Street
Lykens

Glen Leitzel

63 Pepper Hills
Danville

GRACE CONSTRUCTION

1520 Briar Cliff St

H2Pro Restorations

243 Mine Bank Rd
Wellsville

Hamm Improvements

2817 Highland Ave Extension
Montoursville

HANDI-RAMP INC.

510 North AVE

Handy Helpers Remodeling

308 West 5th Avenue
Clearfield

Handyman services, Brent Jones

2 Long Ave
Selinsgrove

Hardwood Expressions Inc

2649 St Rt 417
Franklin

Hardy Construction

17 West Catawissa St
Jim Thorpe

Home Towne Builders LLC

719 Worthington St
Mckeesport

HUEBERT WOODWORKING INC.

554 SUNSET DR
Lucinda

Huffs Contracting

60 1/2 Pearl Ave

Integrity Construction

1550 E Pleasant Valley Blvd
Altoona

J & J CONSTRUCTION

1525 NINEVAH RD
Knox

J & N General Contracting

101 East Packer Ave
Syre

J Mark Nicklas Construction

1261 Sherry Hollow Rd
Mayport

JDV Contracting

305 E Church St
Williamsport

Just Cabinets Furniture & More

1695 LINCOLN WAY E
Chambersburg

Kelly Contracting

151 Park Ave.
Franklin

kunkle construction

8 Cedar Ave
Blairsville

LallyGone LLC

53 S Jefferson Rd

Laura's Designs

405 East Mission Street

Liberty SoftWash

204 St Charles Way
York

LR Roofing Systems, LLC

1115 Salemville Rd
New Enterprise

Mad River Woodworks

P.O.B. 1067, 189 Taylor Way

Marilyn's Home Improvements

607 N 8th Ave
Altoona

McLusky Kitchen and Baths

4025 Wilmington Rd
New Wilmington

millcreek

1971 Howe RD
Corsica

Miller Construction LLC

312 Thomas Rd
Bloomsburg

NHI Construction LLC

127 E Saylor St
Mount Carmel

Nicholas Builders

1682 Holly Ridge Dr
Altoona

Northwest Log Homes

226 Kirkhoff rd

Nu Look Home Design Inc

797 Cromwell Park Dr

P VARNISH CONTRACTORS

602 DEMUTH ST
Johnstown

P&W Remodeling

217 E Ave
Mount Carmel

Paramount Painting Company

257 Filbert Avenue

Picture Perfect Home Improvements

222 Jackson St
Thompson

PIERCE CONTRACTING

1805 SUNNY RD
Lickingville

Pioneer Pole Buildings Inc

716 S Rte 183
Schuylkill Haven

Pro Restoration Co

PO Box 4252
Bethlehem

R & S Home Improvements

7250 State Route 374
Union Dale

Ram Jack Ohio

1450 E 357th St

RE Faller Co

1600 old state rd
Gibsonia

Remodelers Workshop

105 Stonecrest Dr
Bellefonte

Remodeling Second Opinion

106 W Sunnybrook Dr

Remphrey General Construction

3992 Maple Grove Rd
Stillwater

Renewal By Andersen Corp - Mechanicsburg

4856 Carlisle Pike
Mechanicsburg

Rolyn Companies

7 Crozerville Road
Aston

Rolyn Companies, Inc.

5706 Frederick Ave

Roof Repair Experts

1600 Skyline Dr
Pittsburgh

Roos H&R Painting

25 East 7th Street
Oil City

S&J Industries Construction

14 North Main St
Chambersburg

SAM'S GARAGE DOOR SVC INC

MC DONALD DR
Marienville

SI Restoration

2312 Eskow Ave Ste 2

Signet Construction Inc.

705 N West St
Coudersport

Stella Management Systems

PO Box 819
Boalsburg

T & A CONTRACTORS

4512 SANDY SPRING RD

T&N Contracting

1187 East Valley Rd
Loganton

Tague Lumber

181 Lancaster Ave
Malvern

The Son's Power

PO Box 368
Halifax

Tipton Construction

2917 5th Ave
Altoona

Tom Newman Maintenance and Remodeling

140 Pepper Ridge Dr
Spring Mills

Tom's Handyman Services

359 W Sawmill Rd
Port Matilda

Top Guns Inc

7 Builtwell Rd
Schuylkill Haven

Top Notch Tile & Remodeling

3472 Shermans Valley Road
Loysville

valley home service

134 creekside dr.
Ford City

VAN TASSELL CONTRACTING

1338 FRANKLIN AVE
Franklin

W & S Contracting

109 Vine St
Danville

W.Rick Construction

85 Munson road

Wambold's Home Improvements

176 Laurel Lake Road
Bartonsville

Warmzone

12637 S 265 W Suite 100
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